About the SPC Public Health Division

The SPC Public Health Division (PHD) is dedicated to improving the health, and therefore the future, of all Pacific Islanders. PHD strives to promote and protect the health of Pacific Island peoples. It advocates a holistic approach to health, supports sustainable capacity development, and facilitates and promotes collaboration with partners. I invite you to explore the diverse activities of the SPC Public Health Division through this website and encourage you to contact us if you would like to learn more.

Recent & forthcoming events


SPC supports Northern Mariana Islands with post-typhoon Soudelor public health surveillance

13 August 2015



Following a request from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for additional expertise in the wake of typhoon Soudelor, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has sent a senior epidemiologist to Saipan to assist with public health surveillance.

SPC epidemiologist, Dr Paul White, has arrived in Saipan from SPC headquarters in Noumea and will work closely with the Commonwealth Health Authorities and partners from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention over the next two weeks.

Strengthening epidemic preparedness key focus of Pacific health surveillance network

20 July 2015



A major meeting of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) on strengthening capacity building and preparedness to epidemics and other public health emergencies opens today in Nadi, Fiji.

Organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in consultation with PPHSN partners, the meeting gathers over 50 public health laboratory and surveillance officials from across the Pacific.

Disease surveillance system helps detect potential outbreaks

12 June 2015



Almost three months after Cyclone Pam descended upon Vanuatu, the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and their partners continue to monitor, investigate and respond to potential disease outbreaks across the country.

“With many houses and sanitation facilities destroyed and yet to be rebuilt, people have limited access to clean water and are living with poor hygiene,” said local Disease Surveillance Officer George Worwor.

“This increases the risk of disease transmission.”

Chikungunya virus has now reached half of the Pacific Islands

26 May 2015



The chikungunya virus has now reached half of the Pacific Island countries and territories and is likely to continue spreading to non-affected countries in the region and other parts of the world.

Surveillance experts at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) closely monitor this emerging disease in collaboration with countries, territories and regional partners of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network.


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